grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce graceful (audio) \

Definition of graceful

: displaying grace (see grace entry 1 sense 3) in form or action : pleasing or attractive in line, proportion, or movement a graceful dancer

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Other Words from graceful

gracefully \ ˈgrās-​fə-​lē How to pronounce graceful (audio) \ adverb
gracefulness noun

Examples of graceful in a Sentence

He has become a very graceful dancer. the graceful movements of a ballerina She was a graceful young woman with delicate features. the long, graceful neck of a swan His writing is clear and graceful. There was no graceful way to say no to their offer.
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Recent Examples on the Web The redwoods and firs, old and graceful and lovely, now resembled nothing so much as fuel for a fire still menacing one of California’s great natural wonders and the people who make a living from it. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Hidden on the balcony off his room, Amaka watched as a troupe of young men naked from the waist up swayed and spun, as graceful and nimble as specks of dust dancing in rays of sun. Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 Davis anchors the Sooners’ uneven bars lineup, which ranks No. 2 in the country, with high-flying release moves and a graceful swing. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 15 Apr. 2021 During a demonstration for Fortune, the robot sometimes seemed slow to respond to its name and its lurching movements weren't exactly graceful. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021 Dawson: Elizabeth is a 19th century southern belle who is very graceful and proper. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 As Julie Taymor's stunning animal puppets made their way up the aisles of the Minskoff Theatre on Tuesday night, the circle of Broadway life moved one graceful leap closer to normalcy. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 These graceful people appeared to be living in a state close to nature. Hampton Sides, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2021 Nonetheless, his adaptation is graceful and rewarding within its limits, the thoughtful design elements encompassed by an attractive chamber string score by Philippe Brault. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of graceful

1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graceful

see grace entry 1

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The first known use of graceful was in 1557

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14 Oct 2021

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“Graceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of graceful

: moving in a smooth and attractive way
: having a smooth and pleasing shape or style
: polite or kind


grace·​ful | \ ˈgrās-fəl How to pronounce graceful (audio) \

Kids Definition of graceful

: showing grace or beauty in form or action graceful dancers

Other Words from graceful

gracefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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